#1: You see rust on anywhere on the car.
Rust isn't just expensive and difficult to fix – it also indicates that whoever owned the car was not taking very good care of it. Chances are if there's rust on the vehicle, other routine Charlotte car maintenance was not performed. Who knows what else is wrong under the hood? Consider asking for auto service records and see if you can negotiate rust repair costs into the price if you're set on the car.
Sign #3: You see puddles under the car.
If there are puddles under the car, chances are that there's a leak somewhere. It could be a minor fix (like replacing an old hose), but it could also mean major repairs. Bring the used car in question to a Charlotte auto service shop to have everything under the hood inspected before you sign the dotted line.
#4: The car is already running when you get there for your test drive.
If the seller started the car before you arrived, it may be because the car has trouble getting started and they wanted to hide that fact from you. Turn the car off and let it cool before you start it again to ensure it's performing the way it should.
Sign #5: The check engine light doesn't illuminate briefly when you start the car.
Your check engine is supposed to light up briefly when you start the car, just like all the other lights in the dash. If you don't see it illuminate, the seller may have disabled it to hide the fact that it's illuminating other times because of an engine issue.
Sign #6: The odometer doesn't match the mileage on the vehicle history report.
The odometer and VIN should always match what's on the CarFax history report. If the odometer shows different mileage, the seller may have tampered with it.
Toyota of N Charlotte can help you find a reliable used car today – just give us a call at (704) 875-9199!